Thursday, 18 April 2013

Jabba's Palace - Yuzzum & Max Rebo.

About time i got back to this build and, today, two very muppet-like creatures.

Well, i say muppet but, with Yuzzum here, the only thing muppet-like are the dangly arms and legs. Its not even a puppet, being attached to the wall behind by a whacking great rod that comes out his back and through it. And that's it, that's all he does. Just stands there. Mercifully at the back, as he's a pretty rubbish looking critter. Of course, he came more to the fore in the Special Edition "Jedi", where's restyled and CGI'd into that flaming annoying singing thing. Dear, of dear. Yuzzum, your pedigree just ain't good. His figures not much better, coming across as another shaved cocktail stick due to the thinness of those arms and legs.

Much much better, and now a true muppet, is Max Rebo. Yeah, he is just a puppet but everything works right in this case, especially with the puppeteering - he's such a gentle looking character and his mannerisms match that perfectly. The figures not bad, given that there's not exactly a lot of detail to reproduce, but his music machine has been made really well.


Andrew Glazebrook said...

I always thought Phil Tippets palace creatures were OK, but the story goes they wanted Rick Baker or Stan Winston to make them, but they refused to re-locate their workshops to where Lucas wanted them to, so Tippet who's not a make-up or costume maker took on the task with very mixed results !!

Mangamax said...

Thats very interesting. And now that you say it, some of the denizens do look like scaled-up versions of maybe something he'd create for stop-motion.

Andrew Glazebrook said...

Bizarrely I think I even read they asked Dick Smith to make the creatures, a stunning make-up artist but not someone who you'd associate with doing Star Wars type aliens !!

Mangamax said...

Er, no. Although his Jabba The Hut as an evil old man, in the style of his old man prosthetics would be a sight to see.
As would an unmasked Vader being a riff on Regan from the Exorcist.